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English Bill, First Quarter 16th C

While the bill was used by foot soldiers throughout Europe, it was most commonly found in Italy and England. The English bills differed from those of all other parts of Europe, with a very unique open socket for mounting on the wood shaft. This example shows the crude forging typical of English bills, but differs from the typically plain examples by showing some decoration. Forged in several pieces, it features a recurved cutting blade with attached forge-welded straight rear spike and decorative scrolled side bars. Separately added forge-welded square-section thrusting spike (tip with forging flaw). Forge-welded open socket for attachment to the later hardwood shaft. Head stamped with makerís mark on one side (worn) and large incised initials "RS" on the other side. Old painted collection number on the base of the socket. Metal with wear and pitting, showing lamination and crude forging overall. Overall length 91", length of metal 23 Ĺ". Unique and appealing polearm.

PB1219 $2495

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